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Friday, March 23, 2018

Students of the World Maritime University in Malmø visit Oslo

Some 40 students from the WorldMaritimeUniversity in Malmø visited Oslo this week and were given presentations on INTERTANKO and on the tanker market by Erik Ranheim and Jan Svenne of the Research and Statistics section. The University operates on the basis of a Charter adopted by IMO, and is accountable to IMO and to an international Board of Governors composed of representatives of some 50 different governmental, industry, labour and educational bodies.

The students came from 23 different countries, with the largest representation coming from China and Iran with 7 students each. For a number of years INTERTANKO has given lectures on a regular basis to the students of this university. They are in general well informed and may later obtain good positions in the administrations in their home countries. INTERTANKO therefore sees this as an important activity to increase and improve understanding of the tanker industry.

The questions put by the students revealed once again that they are greatly interested in how the tanker market is functioning, particularly as the industry has been receiving more attention at a time of higher freight rates and earnings. We emphasised that the average earnings in tanker shipping are not normally so consistently high and that it remains a high risk and rather unpredictable business. The students also showed much interest in maritime security and in the compulsory phase-out of single-hull tankers.

Contacts: Erik Ranheim and Jan Svenne